Staff Picks: What We’re Into This Week 12/6

The COLLiDE team consumes all things culture at a high velocity. Each week we’ll be sharing What We’re Into from music, books, film, and travel destinations to bars, restaurants, products and more. Scroll down to discover what we’re into this week, and get in on what’s good.

Alan Miller – Founder and “Portland Pickles #1 fan”
recommends: Mazatlán Deers

“The deers are making a late-season push for the playoffs!” 

Molly Kodros – Project Manager and “resident bowler and karaoke extraordinaire”
recommends: The Movies

“My latest favorites: Lady Bird, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, The Disaster Artist and The Florida Project. On my list: Coco, Jane, Darkest Hour, I, TonyaCall Me By Your NameThe Shape of Water, The Killing of a Sacred Deer.” 

Monique – Marketing and Biz Dev and “Wannabe Dog Whisperer”
recommends: Detour

“Was just turned on to this app: Detour basically offers self guided walking tours of different city neighborhoods.  Download the app, put your headphones in, select the tour, and local famous voices (photographers, chefs, radio producers, etc) guide you through unique experiences. You can set the up to sync with your friends, and it uses your smart phones location services to give you info based on exactly where you are.  If you do sync with your friends who are joining you, you get the exact same info at the same time. These self guided walking neighborhood tours are so well curated… I cannot wait to explore my own home town of Chicago with this! Local experts take you thought various neighborhoods and iconic sites in LA, NYC, Chicago, Paris, Tokyo, Berlin, Barcelona, London just to name a few.”

Richard Pace – Business Development Director and “Seeker of Anything Fun”
recommends: Damnation

“I’ve really gotten into Damnation, an epic saga about the secret history of the 1930s American heartland, centering on the mythic conflict and bloody struggle between big money and the downtrodden. The cast, writing, sets…all are fantastic. If you like a period piece with a ton of twists and turns… check it out!”

Leah “Jeeves” hobbs – Artist Relations

“I’m into my Spotify Time Capsule, Monster Rally (band not cars crushing stuff), Terrace House (Netflix) and skiing in Tahoe. Heavenly.”

Gabrielle Costa, Social Media/Marketing + “Resident Vibe Manager”
recommends: Audm 

“Too busy to read your weekly printed copy of The New Yorker? Are stacks piling up on your coffee table? (Totally not speaking from experience, I swear). Enter Audm, an app that makes it super easy to stay engaged with your favorite publications, even if you’re always on the go. It’s like listening to an audiobook, but for long-form journalism. Readers of The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Wired, NY Mag, The New York Times, and more–rejoice! Now, there really is no excuse.”


Robben Barquist – Intern and  “Resident Dungeon Delver”
recommends: Fetid

“I’ve been real into the debut demo by Fetid, this new death metal band from Washington. The demo is called “Sentient Pile of Amorphous Rot” and they’re doing a west coast tour early next year. Definitely a must listen for all the death metal degenerates out there!”

Maria Sauer – Business Development/Project Manager and “Yuko Kitchen Extraordinaire”

” MTN ( Japanese restaurant from the Gjelina team),  Shannon and the Clams (band) and  Deep Ellum, Texas.”

Gigie Hall – Editorial Director and “resident outdoor dirtbag”
recommends: Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed by Jared Diamond

“Not to be super dramatic, but I’ve been reading Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed by Jared Diamond, and it seems scarily appropriate given our current state of affairs. But it’s much less “dooms-day” than it sounds and more a fascinating account of our world’s intricate environmental and social issues. He’s also kind of a cheeky dude which makes it an easy and fun read.” 

Gillian Driscoll – Editorial Assistant and “Resident pop culture maven and Harry Styles fan”
recommends: Spotify: 2017 Wrapped and  I, Tonya

“I always love looking at my stats from the year, along with the overall listening habits of Spotify users, and discovering new genres I never knew existed like: serialism, jumpstyle and gamecore.

I’ve been counting down the days to the release of I, Tonya which hits theaters this Friday. I was obsessed with figure skating as a kid: watching competitions on TV, taking skating lessons, re-watching The Cutting Edge, getting Tara Lipinski’s autograph, etc. So when the drama between Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan went down in real-time, I was shook. Bring it on, Margo Robbie.”

Wes Martin – Marketing and “is not watching Pawn Stars right now, he promises”
recommends: Black Mirror Season 4

“Black Mirror Season 4 is coming December, 29th. We were waiting for a release date, and now we have it. Now just counting the days…”